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Silly Saturday Night Post: Dances With Snails

Snail shell on top of Picacho Peak, elevation 3,370, in the Arizona Sonoran desertGreg (one of our tribe of five) and I had driven from Tucson to Picacho to climb Picacho Peak last Saturday.  Greg's a commercial fisherman from Barnegat Light, NJ. 

Picacho Peak looks as if it would take a mountain climber to scale the height, but looks are deceiving.  In the 1940s, there was a beacon on top to warn aircraft at night.

Picacho Peak stands 1,700 feet above the desert floor

We reached the top a little after noon, and joined a troop of Boy Scouts on the summit.

The southerly peak (3,370') is the highest point, and after an arduous climb, most hikers turn right around and go back down.

Greg and I were looking at the crystalline formations that run through the rock, and we hiked to the north end of the summit.

That's where I found this little bleached white snail shell.  It's the size of a dime.  The only thing I can figure is that a bird found it on the relatively cool north side of the formation and carried it up there for lunch.

I placed the shell on top of a young saguaro cactus to stage the photo.  If you climb Picacho Peak, it's likely still there.  That northern peak doesn't get much foot traffic. 

The snail, the cactus, and the surrounding desert give it surrealistic feel.  I made a greeting card with the photo for my Send Out Cards business.  If you would like the greeting card with the photo, contact me through Active Rain with your mailing address, and I'll send it to you!  (I appreciate my readers.  Thanks for subscribing to my blog.  Remember:  Snail Mail Address!  LOL)

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Comment balloon 18 commentsMike Jones • February 28 2009 11:18PM

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Only you Mike Jones!  LOL!  At first I was trying to figure out how in the world the bird got it there.  Glad you clarified that for me.  Thanks for the heads up.  You're the best! 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 10 years ago

Doreen,

Good morning!  Thanks for being the first to comment!  An I appreciate the encouragement.  I've been listening to Seth Godin lately, and he's big on encouragement and "filling your head with good stories."  And now it's time to go walk in the desert.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Good morning Mike,

I really enjoy your photos and always look forward to viewing them.  Thank you for sharing your area of the country with us.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 10 years ago

Good mornin' Mike—I really like the juxtaposition of the snail, cactus and desert background... well done. The sun is up and I'm off for a walk too.  Hope you enjoyed your walk in the desert this morning.

Posted by Linda Bourgault (lulugraphix-creative photography & fine art) over 10 years ago

ToulaRosebrock.comHi Mike:

That's an odd place for a shell!

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 10 years ago

Hi, Toula,

I'll bet that snail never envisioned where he'd end up!  :)

Linda,

It's good to see you.  I had a great walk this morning.  All the best.

Don,

Thanks for commenting.  This photo is one of my favorites.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

I do like the area and you come up with some unusual photos. Too bad it's so hot in the summer time.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 10 years ago

Actually that's from the famous Picacho Peak snails of the... ok... your explanation sounds more plausible. :-)

Posted by Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me, Utah Homes (Utah Homes) over 10 years ago

Mike - that is amazing that snail made it there. What a great photo you have taken. As always, I appreciate what you post!

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) over 10 years ago

Mike - I love the picture as I enjoy all your photos. In fact I've been watching some golf tournament on TV with my hubby and it is set in your neck of the woods. In fact I was inspired to share your sunset photos with my hubby.

Posted by Judy Tuscano, NH Real Estate Professional (Prudential Verani Realty) over 10 years ago

My first thought was how in the world did the snail get itself there.  I didn't even think about a bird, let alone you placing it there.  Very interesting photo for sure.

Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) over 10 years ago

Very cool and yes surreal with a sort of Georgia O'Keefe influence. I am also an avid outdoorsman and always enjoy reading your posts about the area!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Hi Mike, I like how you 'staged' the photo, perfect. The thorny spines combined with the smooth snail shell make for a great photo. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch, Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio) over 10 years ago

Cynthia,

It certainly was staged, and that was a lot of fun.

Russell,

I thought about Georgia O'Keefe when I saw the photo downloaded on my computer.  Thanks for commenting.

Donna,

I'll hike Picacho Peak again before summer, and look for my little snail.  I'll bet he's still there.

Judy,

You're so encouraging!  Keep it up!

Sharon,

Thank you!!

Chuck,

Do you ever get down this way?  We should grab a cup of joe together.

Terry,

I sort of feel the same way about Michigan.  Too bad it's cold and icy in the winter.  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Hey I was just talking to Kent and he was telling me what an amazing photographer you were and to check you out! ;-)

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 10 years ago

Liz,

Kent has been known to exaggerate...  :)  Thanks for stopping by, though!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Georgie O'Keeffe, yes, that works.  She would have had fun with this.  Maybe I need to steal this one, too!  LOL! 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 10 years ago

Doreen,

Steal away...  (sounds like an old spiritual from way down south.)  I made a card with this one; it's one of my favorites.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

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